The Sikh Way of Life

Sikh Dharma was established and built upon the teachings of Guru Nanak and nine successive Sikh Gurus (enlightened teachers) during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries in Southern Asia. While recognized as the fifth-largest organized religion in the world, it is truly a Dharma, a spiritual way of living.

Guru Nanak taught this way of life:

  • Nam Japa - to get up each day before sunrise, to clean the body, meditate on God's Name and recite the Guru's words to clean the mind.  Throughout the day, continuously remember God's name with every breath.
  • Dharam di Kirat Karni - to work and earn by the sweat of the brow, to live a familiy way of life, and practice truthfulness and honesty in all dealings.
  • Vand ke Chakna - to share the fruits of one's labor with others before considering oneself. Thus, to live as an inspiration and a support to the entire community.

The tenets of the Sikh faith were formed through the lives and teachings of the ten Sikh Gurus and living Guru, Siri Guru Granth Sahib. The Siri Guru Granth Sahib is a compilation of sacred writings of six of the ten Sikh Gurus, as well as Sufis, Bhagats and Hindu saints, all who served as pure channels for the Divine Truth. Sikhs bow to the Word as embodied in the Siri Guru Granth Sahib and receive their daily instruction through a verse selected randomly each day. The role of the Siri Guru Granth Sahib is central in the life of every Sikh.

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